If you don’t make cleaning a habit, this is what could happen to your work space. Photo courtesy of Inha Leex Hale. Licensed under CC BY-2.0.Yesterday, I wrote the first part of this cleaning series that is teaching students to turn cleaning into a habit, rather than an annoying chore. By making it a habit, it becomes second nature and we become more organized without even thinking about it. Check out these additional tips to help you turn into a cleaning fan.

Everything Has A Home

This is something that my mother has told me since I was old enough to pick up my stuffed animals and put them in a box– “Go find your giraffe a home.” It is the single most important rule of cleaning. Everything must have a home, no matter what it is. If it doesn’t have a place to be put when you’re not using it, either find it one or throw it away. Find places for your cleaning supplies, for your fruit, for your scissors, for your shoes, for everything. If things don’t have a home, then they will continue just to sit randomly on the ground, on your bed, on the coffee table, and your place will continue to look messy and unorganized.

It is a remarkably simple concept, but putting into practice can take a lot of time and organizing. However, once you do find everything a home, your place will be completely organized.

Create a Daily Routine

At the end of every day, I like to go through my apartment and just do a quick clean up of everything. I put my shoes in my closet, my jackets on hooks, my dishes in the dishwasher, etc, etc. I found this nightly routine extremely helpful when I lived in dorms because they got so messy so easily after a day of hard studying. Put your books back on their shelves, your notebooks back in your bag, and just generally tidy up your area. This will make everything more organized right away, and will be less for you to do whenever you need to do major cleaning.

Create a Weekly or Bi-Weekly Routine

Some people can do the weekly routine, but I’m much more of a bi-weekly routine person. It’s whatever works for you. Your bi-weekly routine should involve some bigger cleaning tasks like cleaning your bathroom (toilet, sink, mirror shower), kitchen (wipe down your fridge, microwave, sink, and mop your floors), and desk (trash old, unnecessary notes, get rid of non-working pens, and organize your useful notes).

Everyone has their own version of this more major cleaning routine, but mine usually involves the above tasks plus laundry and changing my bed sheets. On weeks I’m feeling especially ambitious, I vacuum too (I hate vacuuming). Create a routine that works best for you and that addresses the areas that you’re most messy in.

What do you do to make sure your area is always clean and organized? Let us know in the comments!

[via Pick The Brain and Re-Nest]